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Federal Agencies Face an Uphill Battle in Cyber-Preparedness

June 5, 2018

In the wake of the elimination of the federal cybersecurity czar position, the latest federal cybersecurity preparedness report from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shows that U.S. government is nowhere near ready for prime time when it comes to cyber-defense, with 74 percent of agencies lagging.

As mandated by President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity executive order issued last year, the risk report conducted a systemic audit of the security posture of federal departments and found that 71 of 96 of them are “at risk or high risk.”

These cyber risks can manifest themselves in many ways, including new attack vectors, the operation of outdated and unsupported IT and malicious links and email attachments.

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